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Completely Uncontrollable Daydreaming

Posted by Tigerrox on October 25, 2014 at 9:40pm 4 Comments

Obsessions Hurt

Posted by Gwenevere on October 19, 2014 at 2:42pm 1 Comment

Reality being anoying again.

Posted by Roel Van Rossen on October 19, 2014 at 10:25am 0 Comments

Spilling of the beans

Posted by Murphy Rose on October 18, 2014 at 5:11pm 2 Comments

who is unfortunate?

Posted by Simran on October 18, 2014 at 3:23am 2 Comments

Character Withdrawal?

Posted by Jennifer on October 12, 2014 at 10:03pm 4 Comments

Victim of Love

Posted by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on October 12, 2014 at 11:21am 3 Comments

Humility.

Posted by Sky with Diamonds on October 7, 2014 at 9:07pm 3 Comments

Aware or not?

Posted by 4everlost23 on September 30, 2014 at 4:14pm 8 Comments

help me name a dd character!

Posted by Machelle Irby on September 28, 2014 at 11:23am 5 Comments

Jailed in my own mind

Posted by Aquarius on September 22, 2014 at 4:45am 2 Comments

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New York City MD Group

This is a support group for people with Maladaptive Daydreaming who live in New York City or the surrounding commutable area. The idea of this group is to organize meetings where we can talk about MD issues and encourage each other to understand MD, live with it, and meet our goals with MD, whether it's quitting daydreaming, reducing daydreaming, or simply learning to live more productively with this condition. Anyone who attends will be welcome to share their experiences and/or to listen to…See More
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cltreader commented on Tigerrox's blog post Completely Uncontrollable Daydreaming
"Hi! I didn't want to just read this and then move on.  My heart goes out to you. I have also asked the question "How many memories and experiences did I miss out on?"  That struck such a chord with me. For me, I have opened…"
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"Tigerrox- Thank you for the reply! I looked it up thank you, It did help!! ^.^ Aquarius- Thank you! People on here says that I do have anxiety, I'm afraid to tell my parent because everyone in my family is on some type of meds. I'll ask my…"
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Aquarius commented on Tigerrox's blog post Completely Uncontrollable Daydreaming
"There are some things you can try. Kill your comfort zone for starters: that means leave the door open more often, use earplugs to study. Change your routine often. The more you are in the public eye, the less likely that you will MD, use the…"
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Aquarius commented on Amber's blog post End of the grading period and a loud noise problem
"you seem to be suffering from anxiety. School is hard enough, the tests, assignments, social pressure all takes a toll on you. You need to talk to someone about this- anyone will do. You parents, the school counselor, a therapist. Also check your…"
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Aquarius commented on Aquarius's blog post Mental Health Week
"i'm stuck with that same scenario running over and over in my head. Those who wronged me, actually they didn't. I just have a 'no delete' policy for this forum. Ok so i'm still riling over those three people , four actually,…"
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Kay M replied to Fitri Kamelia's discussion Real friends in your fantasy
"All of my friends have a character in my daydream based on them, as well as all of my family too. Things happen as they would reasonably do in real life-they get into relationships, fall out with people, have children, do the same work as they do in…"
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Real friends in your fantasy

Well daydreaming about real person is normal I think. Famous person, either they're celebrity or scientist.... Maybe it's normal too if my real friends are in my fantasy too??Around July 2011, I always dd about my class have a project to save my school from another school invasion. It didn't went well three month later, because before finish the 'story in my head', I dd from beginning again, make another story which I made into novel project later on 2013. I remember the story was set on…See More
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Fitri Kamelia replied to dream_away's discussion Compulsive Action
"I rarely pacing,maybe the worst one is grabbing my character shoulder and said like "Come on dude why don't you...!", but realized that was my real friend shoulder. but mostly I cursed in Russian (my characters are Russians) or my…"
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Fitri Kamelia replied to tami's discussion my story. can anyone relate?
"I can relate it too. I have 4 young man who are older than me (around 20-22 yo) and they are from different background family. The same thing is, they lost their father since little because of war or plague, which same as I who lost my father too.…"
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Machelle Irby and Fitri Kamelia are now friends
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.

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Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by maria feliz yesterday. 450 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue

Real friends in your fantasy

Started by Fitri Kamelia. Last reply by Kay M on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Well daydreaming about real person is normal I think. Famous person, either they're celebrity or scientist.... Maybe it's normal too if my real friends are in my fantasy too??Around July 2011, I always dd about my class have a project to save my…Continue

Tags: locked, tease, fantasy, friends, real

Compulsive Action

Started by dream_away. Last reply by Fitri Kamelia on Tuesday. 24 Replies

From what I've read, I know that performing a compulsive action is common during daydreams. Some include pacing, tapping, or rocking back and forth. For whatever reason, mine is jumping. I'm 14, and live with my 5 other family members, and they…Continue

my story. can anyone relate?

Started by tami. Last reply by Fitri Kamelia on Tuesday. 4 Replies

my story. I have NEVER told anyone!I am in my head about 95% of the time. I sometimes even dream as my character.Ok. Here is the gist: I am not me. I am this character named Katie. (feels so WEIRD to talk about her!)She is older than me. She is…Continue

Chicken Or Egg?

Started by Daydream Believer. Last reply by Fitri Kamelia on Tuesday. 8 Replies

If you feel like your stuck in life are you stuck because you daydream? Or do you daydream because you feel stuck in life?

what's your story?

Started by Heaven on Sunday. 0 Replies

Hi. I'm fairly new to this community, I only found out about a month ago that what I've been doing practically my whole life had a name. I love that this website exists and I can come here and read different discussions and feel as if I'm not…Continue

The root cause of Maladaptive dayreaming?

Started by Elisha. Last reply by Roel Van Rossen Oct 20. 17 Replies

Ok, I have theory, I am interested to know peoples thoughts...So, I personally have found that it is a  emotional distancing technique. I think the brain uses it as a way to deal with painful emotions. I believe It is caused because people who…Continue

Tags: Daydreaming, Maladaptive

I dont daydream as myself

Started by sarah elizabeth clark. Last reply by Roel Van Rossen Oct 20. 2 Replies

Does anyone else role play as their characters instead of being themselves in their daydreams? I do.Continue

How many of you are/were an outcast?

Started by NovBaby. Last reply by Auryn Oct 19. 25 Replies

I'm just curious if there is a connection. When I was in school I got teased a lot and didn't have many friends.  I'd spend a great deal of time in my room watching movies, listening to music and being in my own little world.  Til this day I'm still…Continue

How much control do you have over your storyline?

Started by Kay M. Last reply by The1andonlyAbber Oct 15. 3 Replies

Do you plan out and decide everything your daydream characters do, is if influenced by real life, or do the characters sometimes demand that things happen. Some of my stuff I plan, especially about the background characters-she has a very large…Continue

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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